Jim Hall Signing Pics and Upcoming Broad Avenue Holiday Art Walk

Hey gang,

We inducted local Star Wars comic artist Jim Hall into the tribe this weekend.

SMT/Suspicious Mind Trick members Tim Brown, me, Nicki Howe, and Traci Brown (Rhonda Platania and Mike Peltonen not pictured) made local artist Jim Hall and Honorary Member of the Memphis Star Wars Fan Force.


Jim was signing copies of his latest comic “Star Wars: Purge- Seconds To Die” at Comics and Collectibles here in Memphis.


Jim had some original comic art on hand for folks to check out.


He also had comic scripts there, too- so Tim, Traci, and Nicki finally got to see a John Ostrander script in person.


SMT president/Memphis Star Wars Fan Force Chapter Rep Nicki “Darth Sunshine” did the honors of presenting Jim with his official certificate for his wok on Star Wars comics Purge and X-Wing Rogue Squadron.


The first Honorary SMT Member was Billy Dee Williams. Since then Star Wars comic writers John Ostrander and John Jackson Miller, comic book artist Dean Zachary, and fan Anakin Grayson Wade have been inducted here in Memphis.


Speaking of Honorary Members, Dean Zachary (artist on Star Wars:KOTOR) stopped by the shop to check out the signing (and talk about Wonder Woman with Nicki). He and Jim both have been doing comics here for years now for Dark Horse, DC, Marvel, and more!


Congrats to Jim, and welcome to the tribe- MTFBWYA!


We’ll have a Blues Christmas on Broad Avenue!


Time for another “first annual” Broad Avenue Art Walk-

This Friday, December 4th from 6-9pm, George Hunt will be the featured artist at West Memorials (my day job- 2481 Broad Ave.). His show “Blues on Broad” will be part of the First Annual Broad Avenue Holiday Art Walk. George is well known for his great blues/jazz/Memphis themed paintings. (Imagine if Picasso had grown up as the son of a southern share-cropper.)


Works by more than twenty local and national-based artists will be featured at studios and galleries in the area including Odessa (2613 Broad), T Clifton (2571 Broad), MetalWorks (2537 Broad), Splash Creative (2574 Sam Cooper Blvd.), Wilmot Originals (1615 Broad), and Studio 2557 (2557 Broad).

The walk occurs in the area bounded by Sam Cooper Blvd. and Broad Ave., between Hollywood and Collins Street just off Sam Cooper Boulevard. In addition to the all the art, participants can enjoy food and drink specials at The Cove (2559 Broad) and Broadway Pizza (2581 Broad), as well as music by blues band Darren J. and Blakkat Bone and refreshments at West Memorials (2481 Broad).

For more info click here.

Type at ya later,



Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- HaveGeekWillTravel.com. Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/HauntedWeb.com co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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